Technical Innovations Home Dome - 6' Observatory - Short 9" Base Ring

Technical Innovations Home Dome - 6' Observatory - Short 9" Base Ring
$3,750.00
Item # TT-HD6
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  • The Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome is a six foot "short" dome designed for mounting upon an existing structure.
  • The dome comes with a 9" high "Base Ring" which contains the rotation system.
  • The Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome measures 3'10" high on the inside and weighs only 110 pounds assembled.
  • The outside diameter of the Base Ring is 72" and the 3" mounting flange turns to the inside.
  • The Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome shutter is a full 30" wide and opens 12" past the zenith.
  • Easily accommodates a pier-mounted Schmidt-Cassegrain up to 12", or, depending on the mounting design a 6" Newtonian.
  • The Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome can provide "space" for you and a guest!
  • A 15% deposit is required at the time of your order.
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Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short

The Technical Innovations HD6, six foot dome "short", is designed for mounting upon an existing structure. The dome comes with a 9" high "Base Ring" which contains the rotation system. The complete dome is 3'10" high on the inside and weighs only 110 pounds assembled. The outside diameter of the Base Ring is 72" and the 3" mounting flange turns to the inside. The shutter is a full 30" wide and opens 12" past the zenith.

Let's learn more about the Technical Innovations HD6 Observatory Dome...

The 6' diameter Home Dome observatory provides all the convenience and protection of large observatories, but in a limited space. Its small size allows installation on almost any building or structure and is less imposing in communities where neighbors have concerns about their view of your property. Though compact, the dome will easily accommodate a pier-mounted Schmidt-Cassegrain up to 12", or, depending on the mounting design a 6" Newtonian. There is space for you and a guest but for larger groups, a 10' dome is more appropriate.

The 6' HomeDome observatory is available in two models. Each has the same 74" diameter dome with a 30" wide slot opening and two piece shutter system. The two shutters move up-and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open. This patented design makes the full shutter opening available to the astronomer (and assists in sky orientation for students). The dome turns easily on hard rubber, sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring portion of the wall. You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even fully automate and operate the dome remotely with the Technical Innovations Digital Dome Works package.

Weather protection in a Technical Innovations Observatory Dome is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate. Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins. A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.

The Technical Innovations observatory domes use bolt-together construction. Assembly requires alignment of parts, measuring and drilling bolt holes, and use of common hand and power tools. Larger holes, for rollers and latches, are cut and finished at the factory. Typically, domes are assembled in place by two or three persons, without cranes or special equipment. The HD6 can typically be assembled in one day with two people. The Technical Innovations HD6 is our "short" 6' observatory, intended for mounting on your own structure or walls. The dome sits on a 9" high base ring for a total internal height of 3'10". The HD-6S is strong but very lightweight and can be mounted on a rectangular skirt for an additional 4" of height.

Technical Innovations Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short Features

  • Weather protection assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate.
  • Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins.
  • A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
  • The dome turns easily on hard rubber, sealed ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring portion of the wall.
  • The two shutters move up-and-over, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open.
  • The HD-6S is strong but very lightweight and can be mounted on a rectangular skirt for an additional 4" of height.
  • Its small size allows installation on almost any building or structure and is less imposing in communities where neighbors have concerns about their view of your property.
Technical Innovations Product Number: HD6

Customer Note: Because Technical Innovations Observatories are a highly specialized product that will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, it would be next to impossible for us to give you even a rough estimate of shipping costs for both domestic and international orders via our on-line calculator. For that reason, we've included special information on both packaging and shipping. If you decide to purchase an observatory, you will be given full shipping and packing charges at the time of your purchase - or you may feel free to email our professional sales staff at any time for further estimates. OPT has also put together several telescope, computer controlled mount and imaging packages to accompany your Technical Innovations Observatory. Thank you!
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU TT-HD6
Observatory Shape Round
Diameter or Dimensions 6'
Roof Type Hemispherical Dome
Max Interior Height (") 3' 10"
Construction Material Fiberglass
Manufacturer Technical Innovations
Dome/Roof Movement Manual with Electronic Optional
Riser Ring or Wall Included? Yes
Height of Riser or Wall 9"
Dome Shutter Design Two Piece Nesting Shutter
Number of Shutters Two
Shutter Operation Manual with Electronic Optional
Height of Shutter Opening 12" past zenith
Width of Shutter Opening 30"
Number of Shutter Rollers 9
Roller Diameter (") 3"
Dome Wall Thickness (") 3/16" minimum
Force Required to Turn Dome (lb) 10 lb.
Force Required to Close Shutters (lb) 20 lb.
Force Required to Open Shutters (lb) 15 lb.
Interior Color Dark Blue
Exterior Color White
Exterior Surface Treatment White Gel Coat
Total Weight as Supplied 110 lb for dome, shutters and base ring
Warranty Limited Warranty
Reviews

Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
The HD6S worked out great. It mated with my structure perfectly and I believe really enhanced the appearance. I assembled it in the warmth of my garage/workshop in one day alone, then took it apart and reassembled it with assistance from my wife at the observatory the next day The workmanship on the dome is excellent! It surpassed my expectations.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.H., Missouri / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
I have been very happy with my 6' dome and have shown the craftsmanship of the dome to many of my astronomy friends.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.D.T., Michigan / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
Except for some finish work inside, [my HD-6S] is nearly done! The dome works perfectly, it looks great too! We named the observatory Star Catcher ...inspired by a poem my daughter sent me. The observatory is located at the Orange County Astronomers Anza California site. It's about 12 miles north of Mount Palomar. I can see the dome with the 200 from my site.

I am truly happy with my dome. I know I made the right choice.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by P.S., California / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
I purchased a six foot dome from you four years ago — it's been fabulous in a most brutal environment, the coast of New England on Plum Island. My dome has withstood the wildest New England coastal weather imaginable. Nor'easters, snowstorms, let them come. She has performed beautifully.

I'm now interested in upgrading to a ten foot. I plan on donating the 6 footer to a local high school. The new one goes in its place.

Your dome, (and my telescope were featured on a Home and Garden special recently. I'm a correspondent for ABC News 20/20 and Prime Time Live. They were doing a program on celebrity homes.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.S., Massachusetts / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
Assembling our [HD6S] dome was a real pleasure for both of us and our trip to Cumberland to pick it up and talk with guys at the plant was also a pleasure.

If I hadn't read your booklet At Home in a Dome I wouldn't have been able to build the structure we now have. The booklet is a gold mine of knowledge and clarity. One of the major problems that the booklet solved was how high should the wall be? Thank you very much.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by D.Y., Delaware / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
I've had my HD-6S dome for two years. It has worked flawlessly until the other night when I had a problem with a drive motor. I was able to fix it in my shop. When I move to the SW in a few years, I plan to get a 10' dome. I love the product.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.T., Michigan / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
I build the Starcatcher Observatory specifically for the HD6S dome. I could not be more pleased with the quality of the fabrication and ease of assembly and installation. The dome has operated flawlessly, even during windy conditions. The observatory is located at the Orange County Astronomers Anza, California Site. Other observatories there also use Technical Innovations domes as well. The Observatory is equipped with an 11 SCT on a Large German Equatorial mount. The CCD image train with a Robo-Focus Crayford focuser extends well beyond the back of the Telescope. The dome accommodates this with room to spare. The dome has required minimal maintenance in eight years of operation - just resealing at the roof periodically. I have never had a leak anywhere on the dome. It's reassuring to know all is well during a storm. This dome has weathered high winds as well. Some higher than 60 mph. Some well fitting light fixtures would be a nice option for doing maintenance on the telescope. Otherwise I am completely happy with my Home-Dome.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by P.S., California / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Six Foot Observatory Dome - Short
I built mine on top of my one story ranch home directly above my computer room. This way I could have a very convenient way of setting up my targets in the telescope and sending images to my computer for processing. I’ve had my 6’ “home dome” which houses my 12” Meade LX200GPS telescope for about 4 years now without one hint of a problem. It has been working for me just great. I think it was the best solution for my needs. I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and the winters can get pretty fierce. There are times when the temperature can get down to 20-30 degrees below zero. Our snowfall may average between 200-300 inches per year. Yet my telescope is protected from the elements. The shutter operates just fine and there is complete 360 degrees rotation capability for the dome. The room has also been completely water tight even with the snow and rain that we get up here. I would not hesitate to recommend the “home dome” to anyone needing to create an observatory. My complements to you and your entire staff for a job well done.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by J.K., Michigan / (Posted on 5/17/2009)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Dome Base Ring
  • Rotation System
  • Dome Cover
  • Dome Shutter
  • Shutter Opening System
  • Hardware
  • Instructions
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